Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Correction Officer Robert B. Vallandingham

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, April 14, 1993

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Reflections for Correction Officer Robert B. Vallandingham

Thank you for your service rest in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

April 14, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Correction Officer Robert B. Vallandingham of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

April 14, 2018

I was working the day Bob's life was taken from us. I attended his funeral with some other SOCF officers. I was amazed at the large attendance and corrections and law enforcement from so many places. I personally will never forget the riot or Bob's sacrifice. RIP my brother.

Lt. Wayne E. Fout, retired SOCF

March 13, 2015

Rest in Peace brother, we have the Watch

Brother in Blue, Phoenix PD

March 9, 2015

I met Officer Vallandingham when I was a Correctional Officer,,I am Retired!!!!

CO2 James Holsinger
Dept Of Corrections,State Of Ohio

January 8, 2015

We were there ; 4 Correctional officers From Canada heard what had happened, and knew we had to be there. We came for Bobby & came to show support to all our brothers.
For several years we came back in May to remember, Were retired now But will never forget .

Niagara Detention Centre.

Ron , John , Marcel , Al
Niagara Detention Centre

November 7, 2013

We shall always remember & Honor our fallen Brother, Rest in Peace Bobby.
Lieutenant Kevin Adkins, Ret
Southern Ohio Correctional Facility
Lucasville, Ohio

Kevin Adkins, Administrative Officer
Horry County Sheriff's Office, J.Reuben Long Detention Center, S.C.

October 18, 2012

I've spent over six years in Corrections. I just transfered to Lucasville a few months ago. Your picture is proudly displayed in the institution with your memory keeping us safe on our rounds. Rest in Peace brother, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Officer Tim Cronk

October 17, 2012

Tour heroism and service is honored today, the 19th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 14, 2012

Hey uncle Bob although i never got to meet you i still have you name. I am extremly happy to carrie on that. I only remember parts of the stories i have been told. i truly wish i could have met you. it would have ment the world to me. i know youy were happy and excited that i was on my way. also i know you begged my mother aprial to name me after you. she refused untill the day i was born and she said i looked to much like you not to give me your middle name like u had asked. Uncle bob i know we never met but i will always have that bit of you in me and i will always cherish that.
With much love,
Dylan "BRUCE" Osborn

Dylan "BRUCE" Osborn

December 8, 2011

Your ultimate sacrifice is grim reminder to all in our profession.I vividly remember this incident from my early days in Corrections. You died as you lived a Warrior and Protector.

Lt. Nelson Correia

December 1, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 14, 2010

I recently read the story of your passing and was deeply saddened and angered. God bless and keep you. Rest easy Officer Vallandingham.

Correctional Officer II
Arizona Department of Corrections

June 1, 2009

Merry Christmas Bobby


December 24, 2007

Thank you, Officer Vallandingham, for your ultimate sacrifice. I was trained by some of the special response team units that were there. I cannot imagine what you endured but please rest easy knowing that your brothers and sisters are carrying on your memory. Rest in peace, sir.


April 18, 2007

Rest in God's peace, Robert. Your duty is done.

Captain John Janeczek
New Jersey Department of Corrections

December 23, 2006

C.O Vallandingham, You made the ultimate sacrifice that day, and i want you to know you will be remembered for the Hero you where. I just started my career as a C.O in the Ohio Penal System and want to honor you by dedicating my future career in corrections in your memory.

God Speed C.O, we have the watch.

LaECI, Conneaut, Ohio

December 20, 2006

I was working as a deputy jailer just across the river when the riot occurred. I wanted to be there for all of you. Your legacy is that you have protected the lives of many officers that came after you. I thought about you every day that I walked a tier. It's almost like you kept me safe and alert. Thank you, always.

(former lieutenant) Mike
Kentucky Dept. of Corrections

December 17, 2006

On April 15, 1991 we hired in as Corrections officers together Bob was my co-worker and my friend. After all of these years after the riot I can still smell the smoke and here the glass breaking. I can still remember the silence while walking through D corridor. I remember standing in A-building when they brought his body out. Bob and his family will always be in my prayers, as well as all of the other brave Corrections employees.


July 1, 2006

As a Correctional Officer myself, I know full well the dangers faced on a daily basis. I salute you, sir, for a job well done and for laying down your life to protect the citizens of Ohio.

May 20, 2006

Bobby, I have never forgotten your name or your sacrifice. I think about you often and wonder how your family is coping. I had a couple friends that were also involved directly with the "lucasville riot" and when we talk we always talk about you. You sir are nothing less than a hero in my book. You made a lasting impression on me and I will never forget you or that April day.


April 27, 2006

I served as a Police Officer for 5 years in ohio. Part of My career was at Dr&C and I met several of your co-workers. You are an honored man. Rest in peace, brother.

Officer J. Baker
Surfside Beach SC

January 13, 2006



October 25, 2005

I want to say that he is sadly missed. He was A great guy We all love am Miss him.

Kelly Daub His Niece

April 29, 2005

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